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Local Restaurants

In Bigbury on Sea

The Pilchard Inn, Burgh Island has been quenching the Island’s thirst for over 700 years. It first served the fisherman who lived on the Island and mainland shores, then the smuggler and wreckers who lured ships on to the western rocks and now serves hotel guests and the public. In walking distance across the beach when the tide is out, or accessed by the tractor when the tide is in. The non-residents bar only serves a limited food menu during the week but the Friday night curry evenings are well worth trying out (Tel: 01548 810514).

Unfortunately The Royal Oak, Bigbury, which was the local pub in Bigbury village has now closed.

Burgh Island Hotel.

This is the 1930’s art deco hotel made famous by guests such as Agatha Christie and Noel Coward. They do an excellent Sunday Lunch or you can join them in the evening for a dinner dance, but don’t forget the black tie! Black tie dinners include canapes, three courses and coffee and petits fours. On Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year there is live music from an inhouse band. Please phone to book (Tel: 01548 810514).

The Venus Cafe, Bigbury on Sea Beach cafe, popular with surfers and families is on the back of the beach on the lower car park. They are open all year for drinks, snacks and meals on an al-fresco basis. They also provide takeaway food for the evenings in the summer. The Venus group has also gained a Gold award from the Green Tourism Scheme and sets out to be an environmentally friendly cafe using top quality locally sourced food (Tel: 01548 810141).

There is also the Bay Café up behind the main car park. Unfortunately this Café has been closed. However the new owners of the Burgh Island Hotel have bought the site and have announced plans to reopen – watch this space.

The Mediterranean themed Oyster Shack is a great place for fresh locally caught seafood including local oysters from the River Avon. Located on the Tidal Road to Aveton Gifford, it was voted the Top 3 Best Devon Restaurant in the Devon Life magazine 2010. They welcome families and will also supply picnics (Tel: 01548 810876).

The Pickwick Inn is a 16th century village pub in St Ann’s Chapel. This pub is now used primarily as an Italian themed restaurant, including great pizzas, all at moderate prices. Why not try the quiz evening on a Thursday. Tel: 01548 810310

Should you want to experience the history of the local area, try the 13th Century Free House the Journey’s End Inn in the village of Ringmore (dogs welcome). They serve great food for lunch and dinner (Tel: 01548 810205).

The Sloop Inn, Bantham is just up from the beach, & serving real ales and great food, the 14th century Inn is steeped in tradition & offers a rare opportunity to relax (B & B). Tel: 01548 560489

The Dolphin Inn, Kingston a beautiful 16th century olde worlde country pub in Kingston close to Bigbury on Sea, serving a selection of home cooked meals using local produce (B & B). Tel: 01548 810314

The 14th century California Inn, in California Cross, serves a range of good food with local ingredients. As well as a substantial menu there are always a blackboard of daily specials. Well worth a visit – Tel: 01548 821449